Asia Strategic Initiative

In collaboration with faculty and students, a university task force is formulating a new, broad strategy to engage in activities, programs, and partnerships in Asia.

In late 2018, the NC State administration asked the Office of Global Engagement to engage in a process of considering what types of activities, programs, and partnerships we as a university, in light of our strengths, capacities, and interests – and as the state’s flagship land-grant institution – should pursue overseas.

A task force was convened in the spring of 2019 to look at some of our current programs and partnerships, poll campus stakeholders, and make some proposals for the administration to consider. While NC State faculty, staff, and student hail from – and engage in – all regions of the world, this first task force will focus on East Asia and the ASEAN region.

The purpose of the task force is to formulate and articulate a strategy – either comprehensive and university-wide or more particular with several discreet proposals – that will serve the entire university community by better focusing our attention and limited resources to achieve greater impact with more sustainable results.

The task force members will be spending the months of March and April in meetings with various key stakeholders on campus for personal interviews and information sharing. We have also generated a brief online survey with the assistance of the Office of Institutional Research.

We want to hear from everybody. We invite the entire university community to share their experience, thoughts, or suggestions.

Take the survey

As data is collected, ideas are submitted, and preliminary decisions or proposals are formulated, we will link them to this page for public comment and review.

For more information or to contact a member of the task force, please send us an e-mail.

Task Force Members

Faculty Members

  • Hien Tran, College of Sciences
  • Jessica Liao, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Xiangwu Zhang, Wilson College of Textiles
  • Richard Kim, College of Engineering
  • Yu-Fai Leung, College of Natural Resources

Staff Members

  • Michael Bustle, Global Training Initiative, Office of Global Engagement, Chair
  • Anna Dunaway, Confucius Institute, Office of Global Engagement
  • David Dixon, Office of Global Engagement
  • Jonathan Brewster, NC Japan Center, Office of Global Engagement

Countries Under Consideration

  • China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan (China), Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Myanmar (Burma), Hong Kong (China), Singapore, Macau (China), Timor-Leste, Laos, Brunei, and Cambodia
  • Strategies for India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Nepal, and countries in the Middle-East will be considered in future projects